Howard Kern is president and CEO of Sentara Healthcare, a not-for-profit integrated health care organization located in Norfolk, Va., with net revenues of $5.1 billion. Sentara is comprised of 12 acute care hospitals, 10 nursing centers and three assisted living centers in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, with over 1,000 physicians in its four medical groups. Sentara also operates a health plan with 450,000 covered lives in Virginia, Ohio and Alabama.
Kern’s executive management experience includes 36 years in hospital, health insurance, ambulatory services and health care finance.
Kern is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on multiple professional and corporate boards. He obtained his master’s degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia and is on the faculty as a lecturer in the School of Health Administration. He also completed the CEO program for health care leadership at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Kern serves on numerous corporate and community boards including HealthEast, a not-for-profit integrated delivery system in St. Paul, Minn. He is a past chairman of the board of Westminster Canterbury Chesapeake Bay, a continuing care retirement community in Virginia Beach, Va. He also serves as a board member of Future Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, MDLive, ReInvent Hampton Roads (Executive Committee), Town Point Club, Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation, Virginia Business Higher Education Council, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Wesleyan College.